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peter in savannah



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PostPosted: Sun Oct 15, 2017 9:12 pm    Post subject: Flash Help Reply with quote

I have recently acquired a 2 1/4 x 3 1/4 Pathfinder to replace one that was stolen 50 years ago. It is serial number 412841 with a Graflok back so I assume it was made in 1949 or later.

I was surprised how much I remembered about operating the camera it is a little like riding a bicycle - you never forget how it done. The one thing I have forgotten, if I ever knew, is how to attach a flash to the camera. I cannot discover a way to add a mounting bracket to the camera. There is only the flat steel bar attached to the rangefinder. Also, any idea on where I can purchase the cables?

Any help would be greatly appreciated.

Peter
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 7:31 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

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It is serial number 412841 with a Graflok back so I assume it was made in 1949 or later.

412841 is registered to a 2 1/4 Pacemaker Speed Graphic listed for manufacture in February 1947. It has likely been retrofitted with a Graflok.
Does the Graflok have an Ektalite Field Screen aka fresnel?
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The one thing I have forgotten, if I ever knew, is how to attach a flash to the camera.

What type of flash are you trying to use?
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There is only the flat steel bar attached to the rangefinder. Also, any idea on where I can purchase the cables?

Page 6 of the Graflite instruction manual http://www.southbristolviews.com/pics/Graphic/manual-pdf/GrafliteManual.pdf shows the brackets for the Graflite flash. It uses standard household sync cords.
If the rangefinder bracket has a half inch wide by 2 to 3 inch long flat metal bracket attached to it then its for a Graflex synchronizer, the one that is cut up to make the movie prop.
http://www.cameramanuals.org/prof_pdf/graflex_flash_synchronizer.pdf
Cables for both are available from http://www.paramountcords.com/
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peter in savannah



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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 8:56 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

Thanks for the information.

The Graflok must have been a retro fit as it does not have a Ektalite screen (unfortuately). Who ever did it, did a superb job. I wish I was in as good a shape as this 70 year old camera.

I have a 2-cell Graflite that I have been using on a Konica-Omega. I had hoped to be able to do a right side mount. If necessary, I can always remove the strap and mount it on the left side. The Graphic flashes have gotten out of reach.

Paramount Cords has sync cords with the bipost head.

Thanks again for the help.

Peter
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PostPosted: Mon Oct 16, 2017 9:05 pm    Post subject: Reply with quote

When the Graflok Back https://graflex.org/speed-graphic/features.html#GraflokBack was introduced it did not have a fresnel and was available as a retro fit to earlier models.

The encircling bracket for the rangefinder with the Graflite bracket occasionally show up on ebay.
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PostPosted: Wed Oct 25, 2017 9:52 pm    Post subject: Miracles happen Reply with quote

A week ago I managed to get on Ebay a 2-cell flash with the synchronizer bracket that didn't require a second mortgage. Ordered a cable and am now ready to go back to my youth (at least in my mind).

Thanks for the help.

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